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My favorite albums of 2014.

Avi Buffalo Press Photo by Renata Raksha

Here’s my favorite albums of 2014. One song from every album. All brilliant music. Since everything isn’t on Spotify I used Youtube, the Killers Walk Among Us track was only available as a live piece, unfortunately. Besides that everything. That’s more than we can say about Spotify where no 3, Ty Segall, wasn’t available. At least not his last album.

1-5.
Avi Buffalo – At best cuckold
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Temples – Sun Structures
Alvvays – s/t

6-10.
Shellac – Dude Incredible
St Vincent – s/t
Angel Olsen – Burn your fire for no witness
Woods – With Light and With Love
White Fence – For the recently found innocent

11-15.
The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader
Grouper – Ruins
Luluc – Passerby
Mourn – s/t
Iceage – Plowing into the field of love

16-20.
Allah-Las – Worship the sun
Alice Boman – EP II & Skisser
Caribou – Our Love
Killers Walk Among Us – s/t
War on Drugs – Lost in the dream

21-25.
Goat – Commune
Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
Kindness – Otherness
Peggy Sue – Choir of echoes
Ought – More than any other day

26-30.
Perfect Pussy – s/t
The Growlers – Chines Fountain
Phantogram – Voices
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the people what they want
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather

I’ve interviewed a few of these acts about food! Check them out!
Avi Buffalo
Steve Albini (Shellac)
Alice Boman
Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy)

If you wanna keep track of what I like more often than when I take time to blog about it, check the #llamalloydapproved-hashtag on twitter.

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Steve Albini, who’s back on the bike, talks food!

Steve Albini. Photo: Robin Olsson
Ok, I’m sorry this took me forever to transcribe. I met Steve Albini when he was here in Gothenburg in October and played an extremely rare date with his excellent band Shellac. If you haven’t heard his band you have most certainly have heard (and very likely loved) a record he’s produced, Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Palace Music, Smog and it goes on and on and on. I saw a documentary about the making of Magnolia Electric Company’s Josephine the other day and what Steve said there is really what I think makes him such a great producer: he makes sure everything runs along smoothly and efficiently, he stays in the background and let’s the band be the band. We spoke for half an hour and that was the same impression I got from him, that he’s pretty humble, but efficient. Let’s eat along the way:

LL: So what I do is, I try to ask questions that’s related to the lyrics, so I try to make that into a food question somehow.

Steve Albini: Ok, good luck.

Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes bands sing a lot about food, but sometimes it’s harder. Have you ever eaten a crow?

No. I’m trying to think of if I’ve ever eaten any irregular birds and I don’t think I have. I’ve eaten just normal birds that you would eat. You know like partridge, pheasant, quail, grouse, chicken, duck, goose, you know, normal you-would-eat-them-birds.

How about a dog or a pony?

I’ve eaten horse. There’s Bresaola in Italy. It’s smoked cured horse loin. It’s delicious. Really incredible. I’ve had horse cutlet and steak and stuff and I don’t think that’s very good meat. Used in that way it’s not very good. But that one thing, the smoked cured horse loin is incredible. It’s like solidified camp fire smoke, you know? Very, very pure smoke flavor with just enough meaty protein to make it wrap around your tongue. It’s really incredible but other horse things I’ve eaten have not been delicious.

So no dogs?

I don’t think I’ve eaten dog. There was a Chinese restaurant in Chicago that was rumored to serve dog but that’s the kind of rumor you hear of a lot of Chinese restaurants. And I’ve eaten there so if they were serving dog, I’ve eaten dog. I don’t think it was true, I think it was just an urban myth.

So, in Songs for the Minerals, ”how do make a meal out of nothing at all”? How would you do that?

Well, that song is specifically about a kind of cultural perception that women are emotionally unstable because of their periodic cycle and that the hormone and mineral content changes cyclically and that changes how their brains work. That’s a cultural stereotype and one part of the song is about trying to negate that stereotype by saying that the range of behavior that you can consider normal should include all of the parts of the spectrum that would occur naturally according to these variations in mineral and hormone cycles, right? And to say that the baseline for normalcy should be something defined externally by men rather than being a wide enough definition to include all parts of the spectrum that occur normally is chauvinistic, basically. That’s part of the song. And there are two other parts to the song. One of the other parts is that there are accommodations that people make in their lives to certain psychological issues that they have and one of them might be an eating disorder and that’s what the sentence ”make a meal out of nothing at all” comes in. And again these behavioral things is seen as something that needs to be ironed out, to be corrected, in order for someone else to conform to my perception of how she should live her life and again I’m trying to negate that perspective by saying that I can conceive a normal state that includes accommodating these psychological issues in whatever way you need to. Then the third part of the song is just a catalogue of different minerals and their properties so that’s where that lyric comes from.

So what would be the easiest, most basic thing you would make if you were to make a meal?

Oh I see what you’re saying, ok, I regularly make dinner out of nothing. I mean if you have flour and eggs you have pasta and if you have any plant then you have something to put on the pasta. That’s a standard thing at my house, if we can’t think of anything else to eat I make pasta.

So I guess, what food could you cook in a minute then? Pasta? Now you can’t cook pasta from scratch in a minute?

If the pasta, if you’ve made it and you just boil it but ah, yeah I think you’re limited to a sandwich in a minute.

Do you often ”eat along the way”? I don’t even know what I mean by that, even.

Well, that song that that’s from, the Dude Incredible song, is kind of inspired by seeing similarities between the behavior of other social animals and people, how, if you have a group of people and somebody says ”hey, let’s get go get something to eat” it seems like that could happen very quickly but it can’t happen quickly because everybody needs to decide how they wanna spend the rest of their evening, like their whole evening before they can decide ”yes, we’re gonna go and get something to eat now” and then there might be quite a bit of debate on what we should eat, where we should go and in that song there’s a fellow who takes it on himself to sort of lead the group and say ”let’s go do something” and some members of the group object and they say ”we’re quite comfortable where we are” and then he shuts them down by saying ”fuck that, let’s go, we can eat along the way” meaning you don’t need, what if you’re hungry, we can pick something up along the way, we can still go on our adventure. And I guess I was just struck by the parallels between like the social organization of any group whether it’s a pack of gorillas or a school of fish or whatever, it doesn’t matter what it is and the organizing principles are always the same. There’s always gonna be some descent and some people are gonna need to be convinced and eventually there’s gonna be a movement and everybody follows the group.

Right, this one is not food related but I’m about to start this café where I will encourage people to ride bikes so I was just wondering if you still ride bikes?

I actually just recently started riding a bicycle. As an adult I’ve never had a bicycle. I had a motorcycle when I was a teenager but I hadn’t ridden a bicycle since I was a kid and I just recently moved. I was living in the studio building, in the studio that I run had an apartment in it and I was living in that apartment for about twenty year. My wife and I just recently moved out into a house and so as a kind of a house warming present for me my wife got me a bicycle so I could ride my bike back and forth to work. So I’ve been riding my bike to work, to and from work everyday, I ride between seven and ten miles every day now and I really like it, I really enjoy, it’s not much physical activity, but I enjoy have some physical activity every day. There’s a sense of real freedom and real mobility with a bicycle and with a car it’s kind of a pain in the ass, you have to find a place to park it and lock it up and get all of your shit out of it, on a bike you’re carrying everything and you just get off the bike and you’re done, you know. So I quite like riding my bike, I haven’t had a chance, previously, to ride a bike in an urban setting until very recently and I’ve really gotten use to it and I really like it. Bob has been riding bikes for a very long time. Bob is a big proponent of bicycles. But Todd and I, Todd just bought a bike as well, he and his wife had been cycling around Minneapolis and I just got my bike in March so I’ve had like six or seven months of bicycling. I think Todd’s had four or five months of bicycling.

I will encourage people to bike just by having a discount if you arrive on a bike. That’s pretty much the whole idea of the cafe, to get more people to bike and maybe I can do that with an economic incentive.

Speaking as an urban bike rider the thing that matters most is having a convenient place to put your bike. Like this scenario here, where you have a bike rack where everybody puts their bikes and locks them up, that sort of thing doesn’t really exist in Chicago. There are some occasional places where you can find two or three places to put a bicycle but I mean a big centralized bike parking area doesn’t really exist.

I’m actually gonna talk to the city, there’s just one place in the whole city where they have made a car parking into a bike parking so I’m gonna try and talk to the city and try to get that in front of the cafe. That would be convenient. We’ll see if it happens. So at the cafe I will have soup and I heard that you like soup a lot?

Big fan of soup.

So what’s your ideal soup?

I make twenty or thirty different soups. The ones I like the most are very simple vegetable soups. Like you can take, just take a broccoli or cauliflower or asparagus, ah, [a begger comes by and Steve gives him some coins]. So I don’t know, my favorite soups are just like if you just take broccoli or carrots or cauliflower or asparagus or something like that and just boil it in stock and just puree it and that’s it. But it doesn’t need anything extra or fancy. Those are my favorite soups. Just one very simple and very clean taste. Potatoes make a natural soup. Tomatoes, you basically don’t anything more than tomatoes, just take some tomatoes and puree them and heat them up and add some lime juice and some garlic and you have soup.

Is there a reason why there’s a lot of vegetables and fruits around Uffizi on the cover of Excellent Grey Italian?

The idea is that he’s a black and white dog and we wanted to have a contrast between a colorful setting and a black and white dog, grey dog. And we couldn’t think of anything that would be free of context except fruits and vegetables. It seemed like a very colorful group of fruits and vegetables and then have a grey dog in it would look good and I like the way it looks. I mean anything else that’s really colorful has some kind of context to it, like clothing or money or photographs or magazines or whatever. Like all of those have an implicit content like you’re trying to make some kind of statement about all of these things and that wasn’t our idea. Our idea was just show off this good looking dog.

Is he still alive and well?

Uffizi’s still with us, he’s been Todd’s companion for fifteen year and he’s still there.

Do you boycott any foods?

No, I’m not crazy about sea food. When I was a, when I was very young I got very sick eating fish and so for the longest time I was convinced I was allergic to fish. And since then I’ve eaten, I’ve gradually incorporated fish into my diet now and again and I just don’t like it very much. I’ve had a few physical reaction to a few fishes that made me think I may have some kind of allergy to some aspect of some fish but it’s not a general thing. But I’m not that into it. The thing that’s weird is I really like fishy flavors like I like if there’s a an anchovy mixed in with a salad dressing or something like that I think that tastes pretty good usually or if there’s things like sea weed or sea salt. I think all of those taste fantastic but actual fish, for some reason, doesn’t sit will with me. I’m not into. And I realize that’s a lot of food but I will basically eat, I will try to anything, I will eat any other thing in the world, any plant, any animal, any mineral, doesn’t even have to be cooked, doesn’t have to be dead, whatever it is I’ll eat it. I don’t care. If it something that people eat some place in the world I’ll eat it.

But you don’t boycott anything for political reasons?

Well, I don’t eat fast food, that’s more of a concern for, I suppose it’s a political act. I don’t like the corporatized, I don’t like anything that has been reduced to a polypoly of corporate suppliers, I don’t like mass media, I don’t like fast food, I don’t like having a limited choice in cooking and eating so I prefer to buy my stuff from a market rather than a supermarket where everything is organized by brand. I much rather buy things from suppliers or producers or farmers or whatever. If I can. And I don’t eat factory farmed animals, I don’t buy meat and fish and chicken, I don’t buy that from a supermarket. I’ll buy it from a reputable butcher where I know the animals are raised humanely and that sort of thing.

What’s your favorite fruit?

It’s really hard to beat a fresh peach. A peach straight off a tree is like one of the most incredible foods. I really like melons as well, water melon, cantaloup. I like pretty much all berries. Berries can sometimes be annoying because of the seeds. You have this very luscious, very squishy, tasty fruit and you wanna just slurp it down and you end up with all these seeds in your teeth. But yeah, I’m gonna say fresh peach. I’m not a big fan of things done with peaches, you know? Like peach pie or peach cobbler, they’re ok but a peach by itself is amazing.

Do you have any food on your rider?

We don’t actually have a rider. We just, we try to keep things simple and if you have a rider that gives you a number of things to be disappointed by so we just tell people that if there’s some water and some towels back stage that’s really all we need. We can feed ourselves and take care of ourselves.

So I guess you don’t bring anything from America, food-wise?

No. When I’m traveling I try to find local candy, like candy produced locally for the local market. Because often there’s very distinctive flavors that don’t exist anywhere else. In Hawaii, for example, there’s a salted licorice plum called Li hing mui, a Chinese dried plum with salt and licorice on it and that’s used in all kinds of things. They use it in. There’s shops called ”crack seeds shops” and in these crack seeds shops they sell hundreds of things all flavored with Li hing mui. And the Li Hing flavor, it’s like salt and peppar for them, it’s on everything. You go to a fruit stand and you buy some fresh pineapple you will always be offered to have Li Hing sprinkled on it, if you want. If you go to an ice cream place you can get Li Hing sprinkled on your ice cream. It’s an insane flavor.

So what does it taste like?

It’s sour and salty and kind of dirty tasting. I really like it, but I’ve only eaten it in Hawaii where everything is amazing. So if I tried to incorporate it into my regular life I might not like it as much. But it’s a really amazing, distinctive flavor. And in Scandinavia this salted licorice is everywhere and I mean that’s a nasty, nasty thing but once you get use to it I can see how you can develop an affection for it. And in the United States for example there’s a soft drink called root beer that’s like basically unknown elsewhere but It’s a very particular, very peculiar flavor that Americans are very fond of. Like every town have their own local root beer and people are fiercely loyal to the root beer that they grew up with or the one they consider the best root beer. So I like this sort of local, the unique local flavors that you find in places and how passionate people are about their… Like in Japan, each region of Japan has it’s own kind of fast food, kind of street food, you know? Like in the coastal areas there’ll be like a salted eel is very common, or dried eel. It’s eaten like a snack. Sometimes just the bones of an eel are eaten like peanuts. In Kyoto and Osaka there’s kind of a dinner pancake that’s called Okonomiyaki, it’s like chopped vegetables and eggs and flour are cooked into a pancake and then that pancake is painted with this very rich sort of barbecue sauce and then it has bonito shavings sprinkled on it and it has herbs on it and sea weed. So it’s a very complexed, rich flavor, but it’s basically a pancake. And that’s only served in that part of Japan and in this other part of Japan. Then in Tokyo and the north there’s the ramen shops. Everybody’s fiercely loyal to their ramen shop, the one that they think is the one true, great ramen. I love all that, I think that’s one of the nicest things about traveling is that you get to experience little things that people think are great and unique about the particular place where they live.

I’m thinking about root beer and if I’ve ever tried it. There’s this thing, a Christmas drink that I think might be…

Yeah, julmust.

Have you tried that?

Yeah, I tried that the other day, I thought it was very good. The juniper flavor is really distinctive and that’s, root beer is, if you replace the juniper flavor with kind of a kind of Wintergreen flavor or birch bark flavor then that might give you an idea of what root beer is like. But julmust is not miles away from it.

I just stumbled over some Nirvana thing. I heard that you recorded the drums for Very Ape in a kitchen? Did you cook something as well?

No, in the studio building there was the normal performing area and then outside the performing area there was a small kitchen. And that’s where we set up the drums up for some of the songs on that record, I don’t remember which ones. Could’ve been that one, sure.

I thought of a Barcelona thing. I go to Primavera every year as well.

Amazing food in Barcelona!

That was what I was thinking. What’s your favorite restaurant?

There’s a little tapas place called Quimet, Q-U-I-M-E-T, I’ve heard it called Bar Quimet. It’s just a bar but it has every kind of bar food you can imagine. Really just deliciously prepared stuff. A lot of the food has been canned, in-house, they prepare something and then they put it in cans so that they can serve it at any time, you know? It’s really delicious food. I’ve had incredible cheeses and they have a canned quail that they make there that’s really delicious. Incredible preparation of foie gras there. Maybe my favorite serving of foie gras ever is from there.

You’re going next year as well?

Oh, yeah. If I’m in Barcelona I’m gonna go to Quimet, it’s just an incredible place. It’s very informal and it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you eat a few things, like a light lunch, if you eat a lot, like a big meal, it’s gonna be expensive but it’s incredible food. So, definitely worth it.

This isn’t food-related, but what do you think of the whole ATP debacle?

It’s depressing the way how ATP has sort of collapsed into itself. Because ATP, in my mind, still represents a better version of the world. A festival where the patrons and the bands are treated well and the slate of music is chosen because it’s excellent and not because it’s current, you know? There are things about it that I think survive in principle, I think it’s a shame that money was managed so poorly, that the company is in bad shape, that’s the shame. What they’ve accomplished, what they did, the way the ran it, the shows that I’ve seen, the ATP shows that I’ve seen, the festivals have all been really magical experiences so I think it’s really sad that it’s sort of collapsing on itself.

Do you think they’ll…?

It’s hard to see how ATP can dig themselves out. I mean, they owe so much money to so many people and they’ve got so many people angry at them. It’s hard to see how they could turn it around. But if it happens it would be great. I should be going because they’re probably waiting for me back stage.

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Veckans tips! 27:e oktober – 2:e november 2014.

Shellac Press Photo

Måndagen den 27:e oktober: Slowrollgbg #3, Llama Lloyd, kl 18.45.

Imorn styr jag upp den tredje Slowrollern genom Göteborg. Första gången var vi riktigt många som cyklade till Ringön via Frihamnen, andra gången var det bara jag och Rickard som cyklade till Grimbo genom Hildedal, blev mest en sightseeing i svartklubbar. Imorn lutar det lite åt Bräcke tror jag. Eller har du ett bättre förslag? Säg nåt i eventet! Innan kan en med fördel demonstrera mot att regeringen vill införa studieavgifter.

Onsdagen den 29:e oktober: Shellac + Fun, Pustervik, kl 19.

Jag tror faktiskt de har blivit bandet jag har sett flest gånger. Första gången jag åkte till Primavera sound 2006 spelade de i Auditori, alltså konserthuset-scenen i Barcelona. De fyllde givetvis alla stolar så de bad folk komma ner och sätta sig i gångarna så att fler kunde få plats. Sedan körde de en spelning som kändes som en var i videon till Smells Like Teen Spirit. Och för er som inte känner till detta fantastiska band kan ju en övergång från Nirvana vara på sin plats. Deras sista album In Utero är nämligen producerat av Steve Albini, vars band detta är. Efter den där spelningen i Spanien har de varje år blivit inbjudna att spela på ATP-scenen på Primavera och jag har sett nästan alla spelningar. Kommer ihåg att jag en gång såg halva och klättrade upp för muren och sprang bort för att se halva Lower Dens som spelade samtidigt. Numera har de tyvärr säkrat upp festivalen lite så det går inte att ta den genvägen längre. Men du, du behöver inga genvägar till Pustervik, det räcker med 200 futtiga kronor. Spendera dem på höstens spelning. Jag lovar att du inte blir besviken. FB.

Lördagen den 1:e november: Vegandagen, Kompani 415, kl 16.

Jag har inte varit uppe och tittat till Kompani 415 sedan de höll på och fixade i ordning lokalen där uppe, har varit nyfiken på På Spåret-inspirerat quiz och nu ska de styra upp veganbuffé för att fira Vegandagen. Kanske tar jag mig ut till Kviberg. FB. Innan dess kanske jag stannar på ön, men får tummen ur och går på en Roller Derby Bout – till slut! FB.

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Way Out West fick ett blandband i år igen!


Luger och Way Out West fick sig ett nytt blandband med årets önskemål, tyvärr hittade de det inte på Alla hjärtans dag, så jag fick posta det, haha.

Precis som förra året gjorde jag en analog playlist, ett blandband, till Way Out West med vad jag vill se på årets festival. 17 av 22, 77%, av låtarna finns på Spotify. Här är den listan.

A.
Tool – Schism
Hanni El Khatib – Pay No Mind
Foxygen – No Destruction
Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
Slothrust – Crockpot
Ty Segall – Thank God For Sinners
The Horrors – Who Can Say
Waxahatchee – Lips and Limbs
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Sunny Afternoon
Josephine Foster – I’m a Dreamer
Beck – Blue Moon

B.
Gang of Four – Ether
Gruff Rhys – If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)
Cold Specks – Blank Maps
Caribou feat. Koushik – Crayon
Laura Mvula – Green Garden
Nils Frahm – Si
Mirah – Oxen Hope
Shellac – Squirrel Song
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Lariat
Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
Fuck Buttons – Bright Tomorrow

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Vad tycker ni om Primavera Sounds lineup i år, då? (Jag: bättre nu när jag såg för- och efterfesterna!)


Sun Ra Arkestra.
UPPDATERING! För- och efterfesterna briljerar istället! Yay!

Jag brukar i vart fall ha några band jag går i brygga över att äntligen få se, men nja, det är nog bara Sun Ra Arkestra jag känner så inför. Men många ”nice!” Vi ses väl i solen, jag sitter redan nu och dricker Estrella. (Heineken?! Fuck that shit!)

Måndagen den 26:e maj:

Apolo: Darren Hayman & the Trial Separation, The Free Fall Band, Tigercats

Tisdagen den 27:e maj:

Apolo: Antibalas, Chicha Libre

Onsdagen den 28:e maj:

Parc del Fòrum: Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, Fira Fem, Holy Ghost!, Sky Ferreira, Stromae, Temples
Apolo: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Har Mar Superstar, Holy Ghost! DJs, Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado
La [2] de Apolo: Showcase La Castanya: Aries, Beach Beach, Me and the Bees
Teatre Principal: Jamie xx & friends
El Teatro Latino: The Ex, Full Blast, Paus, Shellac

Torsdagen den 29:e maj:

A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Andy Stott
Antibalas
Arcade Fire
Bo Ningen
Caveman
Charles Bradley
Chrome
CHVRCHES
Colin Stetson
Disclosure
El Petit de Cal Eril
El Último Vecino
The Ex
Föllakzoid
Fort Romeau
Gang of Youths
Glasser
Grupo de Expertos Solynieve
Jamie xx
John Wizards
Julian Cope
Julio Bashmore
Kosmos
Lasers
LNripley
Lunice
Majical Cloudz
Metronomy
Midlake
Moderat
Móveis Coloniais de Acaju
Neutral Milk Hotel
Pond
Queens of the Stone Age
The Range
Real Estate
Rodrigo Amarante
Shelby Grey
Shellac
Single Parents
St. Vincent
Standstill
Sun Ra Arkestra
Svper
Touché Amoré
Warpaint
William Dafoe
Wind Atlas

Fredagen den 30:e maj:

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Angel Molina
Astro
Black Drawing Chalks
Body/Head
C+C=Maxigross
Darkside
Deafheaven
Demdike Stare
Dominick Fernow
Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
Drive-By Truckers
Factory Floor
Dj Fra
The Growlers
Haim
The Haxan Cloak
Jagwar Ma
Jenny Lewis
Jesu
Joana Serrat
John Grant
Julia Holter
The Julie Ruin
Kvelertak
The Last 3 Lines
Laurent Garnier
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust
León Benavente
Linda Perhacs
Loop
Mas Ysa
Mick Harvey performs Serge Gainsbourg
The National
Oso Leone
Pional
Pixies
Prurient
Refree
SBTRKT
Sharon Van Etten
Slint
Slowdive

Lördagen den 31:e maj:

Belako
Black Lips
Blood Orange
Boogarins
Caetano Veloso
Chromeo
Cloud Nothings
Dj Coco
Cold Cave
Connan Mockasin
Courtney Barnett
Cut Copy
Dani Baughman
Daniel Avery
The Dismemberment Plan
Dum Dum Girls
Earl Sweatshirt
Foals
Genius of Time
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Hebronix
Helen Love
Hospitality
Islands
Jonathan Wilson
Junkfood
Jupiter Lion
Kendrick Lamar
Kronos Quartet
La Sera
Marc Piñol
The Mark Eitzel Ordeal
Mishima’
Mistakes Are Ok b2b Mattis With
Mogwai
Nine Inch Nails
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Sílvia Pérez Cruz & Raül Fernández
Spoon
Superchunk
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld
Television performing Marquee Moon
Ty Segall
Univers
Volcano Choir
Za!

Söndagen den 1:e juni:

Apolo: Chromeo, Cloud Nothings, Dave P, Ty Segall, Vàlius
La [2] de Apolo: Showcase BCore: Cuello, Fuckin’ Bollocks, No More Lies
BARTS: Angel Olsen, Grouper, Joana Serrat, Juana Molina
Els Vermuts del Primavera (Parc de la Ciutadella): Berlinist, Boogarins, Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality, La Sera, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal

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Tack för i afton, här är vad jag spelade (minus 7 låtar som inte finns på spottan).


Ikväll spelade jag skivor för första gången, efter att ljudteknikern fick ringas in från sin pubrunda kom vi igång och fick till en riktigt trevlig kväll på Pustervik. Tack till Bokeh för att ni gör världens bästa popquiz och bjuder in finfrämmat som mig! Extra roligt var det att spela Shellac, som jag aldrig någonsin hört ute på klubb. Det finns ju en anledning varför de spelar på Primavera vareviga år…

De som inte finns på Spotify är:
Steve Mason — Oh My Lord
Ty Segall — Thank God for Sinners
King Khan & The Shrines — Land of the Freak
Alabama Shakes — Heavy Chevy
Lianne La Havas — Is Your Love Big Enough?
Erika Eigen — I Wanna Marry a Light House Keeper
Shellac — Copper

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Primavera Sound 2012.

Sleigh Bells, photo: Robin Olsson

Sleigh Bells, photo: Robin Olsson

Since there aren’t any Swedish vowels on this keyboard I’ll just do this in English, otherwise I would have to tell you about “Navel”.

Wednesday.
The festival started with a free gig for all at Arc de Triomf. It’s a very nice idea to have free gigs since a lot of the young in Barcelona can’t afford coming to the festival any more. When I was here for the first time, in 2006, Swedes were so rare that when I ran into José González he thought I was in one of the other Swedish bands, I’m from Barcelona. These days, 40% of the festival-goers are from abroad and you can hear Swedish everywhere.

The first act was Jeremy Jay at the packed park, he went by without striking any chords with me, after that The Wedding Present played their beautiful album Seamonsters, it was alright, but pretty much just another reunion show. The Walkmen were ok, but they seem to have had their hay day. Black Lips, who closed the park are always fun, but I prefer them on album. We took a taxi but still had to queue for an hour or so to get into the “secret gig” at Apolo with very good Chairlift, so-so Beach Fossils and boring Kindness.

Thursday.
Thursday means the first day at the beautiful Parc del Forum, last year it started with a wonderful gig with Spanish postrockers Toundra, it’s the best slot for Spanish bands since nothing else is playing. This year it was an electronic duo called Pegasvs, it was decent, but an hour later another Spanish band, Unicornibot, played the stage right next to it, they had tinfoil around their heads and played wonderfully bizarre music that made me think about Lightning Bolt, but they had a full band, this year’s Toundra, for sure! I went over to the stage right next to it, to check out one of the most hyped bands at the moment, Purity Ring, who were a girl in an old-school dress and a guy playing these strange lights, it was a strange but rather beautiful thing, I liked it, but went back to see another dose of Unicornibot and then onto boring Baxter Dury, whom I left to burn away in the sun. Way over at the Mini stage Friends were playing. No, no, not the Bert Karlsson bullshit, this was group of friends from Brooklyn who played a very nice ESG-influenced indie-disco, the singer Samantha Urbani sat on a security guard’s shoulders and sang a song moving around the audience. Fun with friends. After that the boring Danish kids in Iceage performed, I couldn’t really care less. I was mostly just waiting for one of my highlights, Grimes, who were to perform at the same Pitchfork stage. She had some sound problems but we had had just the right amount of beer to get to dancing. My friend Éric took the lead and took us up front and he was waving his flag in support of the Montréal protests, the flag wandered to the hands of Grimes’s brother who were dancing on stage with some other friends, it was a lot of fun.

When I saw this year’s lineup I was intrigued to see Death Cab for Cutie again, it’s been eight years since I saw them last, but then I made a podcast where Lars recommended White Denim, this rock trio from Texas. I ended up choosing them over Death Cab, who’s last album is quite dull anyways. The Texans had an extra guitarist along and the four of them jammed forever, it was great to see, really marvellous musicians! Then I saw the last song by Mazzy Star which was a lot louder than I thought it would be. Good stuff, then onto well-known and well-seen Wilco, who I was about to leave for Thee Oh Sees, but then Jesus Etc came on. You just can’t go then… The night continued with a dash of nicely done hardcore from Refused, a little of boring The XX, then some desert rock from lovely Bombino, dull rap from A$AP Rocky, a lovely set from Spiritualized with it’s mix of shoe-gaze and gospel. Then we closed the night with a little dance with Spanish electro-man John Talabot.

Friday.
We were early to get our hands on Jeff Mangum tickets and hung out in Auditori with Nick Garrie doing his nice singer-songwriter album The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas. I almost fell asleep. I kinda tried to be honest. Laura Marling was more interesting and “Alas I cannot swim” gave me goose-bumps. After the gig the queues for Jeff Mangum were huge and I got really annoyed with people jumping it. After a while I had to realize this isn’t Sweden and the world (Sweden included) is becoming a really terribly egoistic place. Jeff Mangum was all by himself, just a few guitars, a chair and a mic. Todos. With this he performed most of his masterpiece with Neutral Milk Hotel, In an Aeroplane over the Sea. More goosebumps! Best grade you can get! After that there was one of the biggest clashes; I Break Horses and Lower Dens. I started with the Swedes, they were good but I went over to Lower Dens and came in the middle of the lovely “Brains” and thoroughly enjoy them. Then a little African Cubanese music with Afrocubism, loads of guys on stage. A nice rhythmic detour from the indie scene. Then straight into straight rock with The War on Drugs. It was very straight, not gay at all. The Cure were kinda boring, but we might not have giving them our ears’s full attention. We mostly attended our mouths with beer in the VIP section. The beer weren’t free anymore and I will probably not buy the VIP next year since the first “normal” tickets go for a lot less and I prefer to drink my beer where I can see the bands. I left a while in to go see Sleigh Bells who I really enjoyed, I was a bit intrigued to see if there was gonna be a live insane drummer or not, it was just a bunch of Marshall stacks instead but I loved it anyways, danced like a mad man. Went over to the clashing Dirty Three, had a beer and I totally loved the brilliantly alarm that was Some Summers They Drop Like Flies which closed their set. A friend had told me that I had to see M83, who I think has a good song here and there but live was kinda dull so I left after a few songs. Codeine were a lot better, sounded like Slint. Good stuff. SBTRKT were boring and I fell asleep to The Men. When I woke up Éric had texted me four times and he had been kicked out because of the flag, you see it’s a red square without any text so naturally people here in Spain won’t know that it represents a solidarity to the kids in Quebec, I can totally see it rings differently here. But he got in again when they found my booking in the computer. I’m glad he could come in and enjoy this festival’s best gig; The Rapture, they were totally amazing, I really love the bass player and highlights included “House of Jealous Lovers” and the track that stood out from last year’s album In the Grace of your love; “How deep is your love?” To answer that question is easy; very.

Saturday.
We hung out in the park for Dirty Beaches, who Éric did an interview with. It was a little slow and minimal, but hanging out in a park is always nice. I met a girl I made friends with when I gave her my Sufjan Stevens ticket to last year’s amazing gig in the Auditori. A little more sedative Nick Garrie again and some nice rock tunes from Obits. Bleached were the shittiest band I’ve seen in quite some time. Straight outta their mother’s basement where they spent an hour or two.

We went over to the Forum area and had the same kebab as the day before, we’re Swedish after all. Being Swedish I went to see Jeff Mangum play another, different, set. This time with more b-sides and rarities than before. Before that I passed by the dull Sharon van Etten and the equally boring Tall Firs. After Mangum I checked out Buffy Sainte-Marie, the indian singer most well-known for the classic track “Universal Soldier”. Her new approach was a lot more rock, but when she did her stuff from the sixties it was a lot more satisfying. All in all quite boring, though. Saw The Olivia Tremor Control perform “Jumping Fences” and then went over to Mini where almost everyone seemed to be watching Beach House. They’ve gotten too big, I liked them a lot on smaller stages and you know what you’re going to get so I went over to another gig where you know what you’re going to get; Shellac.
Their annual gig seems to always clash with something, I saw most of it where they performed two new tracks and it was the usual bliss that Steve Albini, Todd Trainer and Bob Weston gives us. When they did “The End of Radio” I jumped the fence and ran over to Chromatics and saw them do their last three songs. It was insanely packed. For the first time in Primavera history (at Parc del Forum at least) they sold out, 42 000 people were around this day, normally it’s around 30 000. Chromatics were good and closed their set with “Into the Black”, their beautiful cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My”. I finally understood where the VIP section at Mini was and I felt a bit awkward having a secluded area right by the stage. Yo La Tengo started a bit boring but came to and did great versions of “Mr Tough”, “Autumn Sweater” and the wonderful noise of “Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”. The last went on for more than the normal 11 minutes I believe. Just lovely noise. On the way back I saw some of the old dudes doing the punk that is The Pop Group. So-so. Had two chocolate pancakes and hung out in the food court, checked out boring Neon Indian and bought a poster from a nice German before heading back.

Sunday.
Milk Music were a rocky bunch that didn’t catch my ears at all, Zacharias filmed the gig, though, so I guess he liked it. Girls Names were pretty nice and I liked the twee that is Veronica Falls. Then we wrestled in the park and I won over Zacharias in a sprint. Good park fun. We continued with orange fights instead of the packed gigs at Arc de Triumf. Finally there was truce and we saw a little of boring Yann Tiersen and the Morrissey-esque Richard Hawley. Took a perfect break for the rain with sangria. I still suffer from that, or maybe it’s the six days drinking that I’m suffering from. All in all, this was the less interesting Primavera I’ve been to, especially Saturday was quite uninteresting, I want to be blown away a few times more. Better luck next year.

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Primavera Sound 2012, Barcelona eller Porto? Båda!

Death Cab for Cutie

En polare säkrade efter många timmars idelt reloadande på ticnet Bruce-biljett. Jag ska steloperera benen bredare och gå på Ullevi för första gången någonsin. Gött. Och till på det släpper Primavera ännu fler band. Jag skulle dock rekommendera er som inte har biljett till PS Barcelona att överväga att köra på PS Porto, lineupen är ungefär samma och det kostar 75 euro istället för 160 euro (och den går upp till 170 på fredag). Personligen blir det nog båda två!

Av de nya banden är jag personligen faktiskt mest pepp på Death Cab for Cutie. Jag har inte sett dem sedan 2003/4 och nu när Ben Gibbard har skiljt sig från Zooey Deschanel kanske han gör heart-break music igen? Håll tummarna för att nåt gött kom ur det, då Codes & Keys var en besvikelse så när som singeln You are a Tourist.

De som spelar både i Barcelona och Porto är just nu (uppdaterad 5 dec)
Beach House (US)
Björk (IS)
Codeine (US)
Death Cab For Cutie (US)
Franz Ferdinand (UK)
Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) (US)
Neon Indian (US)
Other Lives (US)
Shellac (US)
Siskiyou (CA)
Spiritualized (UK)
The Drums (US)
The Olivia Tremor Control (US)
The XX (UK)
Veronica Falls (UK)
Washed Out (US)
Wilco (US)
Yo La Tengo (US)

Och bara i Barcelona:
Archers Of Loaf (US)
Death In Vegas (UK)
Godflesh (UK)
Guided By Voices (US)
Josh T. Pearson (US)
Lisabö (SP)
Mudhoney (US)
Numbers showcase: Jackmaster, Oneman, Deadboy, Spencer, Redinho ()
SBTRKT (UK)
The Dirty Three (AU)

Och bara i Porto:
Explosions in the Sky (US)
The Walkmen (US)